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NewsBites January 2017 Issue

Break Up Sitting for Better Blood Sugar

Exercise woman

For every 30 minutes you spend in sedentary activity, such as watching TV or doing computer work, take a break for 3 to 5 minutes to do light activity, say new physical activity guidelines from the American Diabetes Association published in Diabetes Care. Although this was specifically recommended for people with type 2 diabetes since it can help improve blood sugar control, it's good advice for everyone. Some examples of light activity include:

- Arm stretches

- Desk chair swivels

- Torso twists

- Side lunges

- Walking in place

This periodic light activity should be in addition to regular resistance exercise (such as weight lifting) and aerobic exercise (such as walking).

TO LEARN MORE: Diabetes Care, Nov. 2016 -

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